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Study a graduate program in Indiana

State overview

Indiana is located in the Great Lakes region of North America, sandwiched between Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio. Known as the ‘Crossroads of America’, Indiana has the feel of a stop off destination on the way to other states.

Nevertheless, Indiana is one of the last bastions of working class America. This is a place where you can feel decades of history dripping off the streets. Although situated in America’s Midwest, Indiana has a more southern feel. Life here is gentler and slower than other states, with Indianans more concerned with local matters than a national perspective.

Studying a graduate program in Indiana will give you an insight into a gentler time in America’s history.

Education profile

Indiana’s largest educational institution is Indiana University, but there are many public and private institutions where you can study a graduate program in Indiana. For example, you can take a postgraduate course at the following:

Professional, or ‘terminal’, masters are designed to lead to employment rather than further study. Popular courses include: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) and Master of Library Science (M.L.S.).

Academic masters, however, are generally designed to lead the way into doctorate/PhD study. Popular courses include: Master of Education (M.Ed.), and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.).

Both last between one and three years, depending on the subject.

Doctoral degrees are the most advanced level of higher education, and usually take between four and eight years to complete, which includes the time it takes to write and present a dissertation. 

Immigration and visas

If you want to study a postgraduate course in the state of Indiana, then you will need to apply for a non-immigrant visa.

The most common kind of student visa is the F-1 visa, which entitles the holder to study at any US accredited college or university.
To apply for a student visa for a graduate program in Indiana you will need to fill out an application form (found on the US Embassy website) and send appropriate documentation, such as evidence of financial standing and proof of university acceptance and academic qualifications, as well as possibly attending a visa interview at the US Embassy in your home country.

Life in Indiana

Life in Indiana moves at a slower pace than most US states, giving international students the opportunity to settle into their studies. Although not blessed with lots of distractions, Indiana is a calm, laidback state where you can study in peace.

Indiana’s capital and main state is Indianapolis, home of the death-defying Indy 500 car race where you can ogle supercars and maybe even take a spin yourself. The city also has a quality art museum and thriving cultural heritage.

Working in Indiana

Indiana’s main economy is manufacturing, with the Calumet region of northwest Indiana home to the United States’ largest steel production industry. The state also leads production in pharmaceuticals, cars, electrical equipment and petroleum.

Indiana is also home to the international headquarters and main research centres of Eli Lilly, the international pharmaceutical company. The state ranks second among all US states for its number of biopharmaceutical jobs and is also a major exporter of pharmaceutical products.

Accommodation

Most international postgraduate students coming to the state of Indiana choose to live in university accommodation, such as halls of residence or apartments. The benefits of this type of housing is that it is all organised by the university, you will almost certainly live close to your university and you should be able to meet fellow students easily.

Most universities will have a housinIg department, who will be able to advise you on your options and give accommodation costs.
Some students will look for private, off-campus accommodation. This may be cheaper than university housing and is good for families or large groups of students. Again, your university housing department should be able to point out good areas to live and advice on estate agents.

Weather and climate

Indiana has a humid climate, with cool winters and warm, wet summers. The climate of Indiana can vary depending on whether you are in the north or south of the state, with the north far colder. Expect summer temperatures to reach 30C, with winter lows at 4C in the north and nearer 0C in the south.

Indiana is occasionally prone to tornadoes, with the northern city of South Bend ranked among the top 20 tornado-prone cities in the United States.

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